Gotham – The Red Hood review

We are now in the home stretch of Gotham’s first season where Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock are facing a new threat of criminals wearing red masks or red hoods to steal from the rich and give to the poor. A modern day Robin Hood or Bonnie and Clyde. They discover that if one red hood dies, another takes its place by wearing the red hood to keep the criminal persona going. It’s a foreshadowing nod to the Joker’s first years in crime as the original Red Hood. This is also one episode where they have Gordon being back to focus by being that cop to fight Gotham’s corruption. As likable as Dr. Leslie Thompkins was in the last few episodes, it also got Gordon sidetracked.

Bruce Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth are being visited by an old friend of Alfred’s who comes visiting Wayne Manor for unknown reasons. Through young Bruce, we get to see the history between Alfred and his old friend and why they went their separate ways. Unfortunately, it lead up to a confrontational struggle that saw Alfred getting stabbed and Bruce calling 911 for help. There was also a power shift in Wayne Enterprises that saw someone being kicked out.

Penguin and Butch are trying to work together at the club while Fish Mooney is holding power in the Arkham basement, where she think she rules. Fish took out one of her own eyes to prevent the doctor from holding power over her, but it’s clear that they are stalling for Fish where she will meet her eventual demise at the end of the first season. There is no reason for her to be in the show any further once Penguin got the club.

Leslie Thompkins is absent after the last few episodes, but they conveniently bring back some focus on Selina Kyle and Barbara Keane. I don’t know what the writers were aiming for with Barbara, but she came across as creepy when she gets too close with Selina. It’s a storyline I don’t care much for. The show needs to set its priorities straight once again and focus on the very two people such as Bruce Wayne and Jim Gordon.

A solid episode overall as the Red Hood arc kept my interests.

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